Feed your soul with what you require for this life, starving it of anything you truly need for its preservation can lead to its slow demise. The soul, just like the physical body, requires certain essential nutrients. Those for most are: love, companionship, joy, laughter, spirituality, close relationships born of confidence, and peace of mind. Some may find they can exist easily without any or all of those, but rarely with a contented soul. The being which dwells within, your spirit, starts to erode. Feeding your soul, also means feeding your body, your mind, your heart, and your spirit. When something is lacking from your inner set of needs, you will begin to feel an ache, a longing, a perpetuation of intolerance building within the cellular walls surrounding your most vital organs. From there, the disease of the ultimate death of the soul which dwells within you, the wonderous and beautiful creation living on the inside of you, can and does eventually set in.
For me, when something is aching inside, it means it has gone unnourished or untended to. It is not implausible to garner that for a reason of neglect, disturbance in patterns, inability to reach the “dream” or any other of a number of reasons, we cannot achieve what our souls demand for their very prosperity to thrive. An example of this is richly quoted on the social media forum, Facebook. It is often bandied as a profile post: don’t give all of yourself to someone who sees fit to give you in return only crumbs! Meaning, if you are more for someone than they can be in return, then the imbalance might cause your inner self to feel a sense of longing, of need, of less instead of enough. It’s only up to you what you will tolerate in life, but I do know that settling for less than you deserve or than you truly want, will feel like you are starving your body! Give it what it desires, without harming it with excess. You must be aware of the internal desire your soul has to not in fact be selfish, but instead, to be the ultimate protector of self. If you are out of bounds, off track, not in right step, starving the innermost sanctums of your being, you will feel discomfort, sometimes even to the point of a physical sense of pain for that lack! Learn to listen instinctively to those things happening within your soul, they are in direct link with your spirit and body, if not in right step, you will soon pay in health, happiness, and hope lost!
How can you feed your soul? It is so easy. What makes you feel good? What things do you enjoy that no one can take? Maybe you love music and deny yourself that extra 1/2 hour of listening time in the car while driving to return phone calls instead. My thought on that is this, driving and talking is hazardous, it slows down your reaction time, so keep the phone calls until you are stopped and listen to the music instead. Even if you are a business person, you should just pull over, take the call and then commence in your driving again when you’ve finished. I bet you learn how to more efficiently handle your cell-phone calls this way!
Put people who mean the most at the top of your life! You aren’t going to keep them in your life for long if you let them feel diminished or take them for granted. Life is precious, quit thinking there are tomorrows enough to make up for all the time the excuses used up today! If you are making excuses for not doing something consistently, chances are you just didn’t want to do it anyway! It’s a reality. With the people we love, we must tend to the relationship every day, as though it were a garden and that without our care, something each day would wither and die. Eventually, enough parts will have perished, that upon your unexpected return, you will find the garden has in fact completely gone, nothing is left. Now I believe real love doesn’t die, but in that moment of such repetitive disregard, it has learned to shut itself off with all the negative things . . . like when weeds ultimately choke out the living, thriving plants in a garden. They didn’t die, they were overtaken by something else and replaced! If you love and value someone, you want to put them high up on your list of priorities, that relationship is something you don’t wish to forget to take care of each and every day!
In feeding your soul, you can feed the world! The souls and bodies, spirits and minds of this world are linked, and therefore, when we feed and nourish that which lives in us, we help to nurture the world. No life is distinguishable from another, it is connected through humanity, and of course, the sum total experience of that humanity. Live life with your soul nourished, and you shall give yourself back to the world, healthier, happier, and filled with hope!
You needn’t wait upon a sea of blessings to consider yourself blessed! You are blessed and should feel thankful even if there is just one thing today, right now, that you can consider a blessing. Although, I would dare you to muse further and realize the others!
Look at your life, did you wake up anew today? Then you are blessed. Did you share a greeting, exchange some words of love, compassion, or warmth with another living soul? Then you are blessed. Did you witness something in nature which made you smile, which warmed your spirit, or which possibly reminded you of the awesome power of a universe so much greater than your own? Then you are blessed. Did you eat breakfast? Did you find food and something to take in to enrich your body this morning? Then you are blessed. Did you have clothing to put on your body and shoes for your feet? Then you are blessed. I could go on and on . . but I think you get the message. Most of us are quite blessed, even much more than just once a day! How many of us really see all the ways which we are blessed and are thankful for those many blessings?
Life’s greatest joy is in learning to appreciate all the richness of blessings we receive, including love; experiencing beauty; knowing joy, feeling wellness of body, mind and spirit; learning things; having relationships with others; tasting the fruits of the earth’s bounty; and living full, productive lives, not to mention God and the Holy Spirit. Being thankful is the key to realizing how rich you are in life. Most of us have so many reasons to celebrate life each day if we just choose to become focused on blessings, to see them, to know them in our lives. Don’t miss the chance to alter your life by experiencing gratitude each day. There are always things to be grateful for, in and about! You are blessed, never waiver a day feeling ungrateful and without blessings. If you take a magnifying lens to your life, you will notice in great detail, the many ways in which you were blessed today!
There are always turning points in our lives, the places we come to along the journey when we have to veer, make an amended plan or alter our course because we’ve run out of usable road! It’s inevitable! We simply must correct as we go. The difficulty arises when we stalwartly cling to our familiar places, our constant patterns, the things to which we are most familiar. It’s not easy to adapt when we are hanging on for dear life to what we don’t want to release! What is it about those turning points that makes us so afraid? Is it the fact that we are in fact changing something, even though we might not be happy with the status quo, that makes us face a different or altered direction? It’s just that, we are usually uncomfortable with too much change, as change means doing or being something different.
In change, we see the unknown, the uncertain, and the possibility for all sorts of problems. At least that’s how we see it when we look at change through eyes of fear or doubt. When we view change as an inevitable and necessary means of growth, personal development and advancing our spiritual maturity, it can become the vehicle for our success! Turning points are like the curves in the mountain roadway, the only way to the summit is by making the criss-crossing switchback turns which will allow you to manipulate your way to the top! So, without regular turns, your life would soon grow stagnant and ineffectual for your necessary growth! You need those switchbacks to push you out of your comfortable places, forcing you to learn the fine art of adaptation, the ways to patiently deal with variation, and the feeling of accomplishment which comes from slowly winding your way up all the great mountains of your life, one turn after another!
Master the art of change, the skill of flexible adaptation, and you will successfully ascend to all the summits of your success! The master of turning points will recognize the beauty in the changes which make their life different. Seize the day, take the moment in hand and believe that you have what it takes to make the change work on your behalf! Your ability to alter each step of your journey, whilst negotiating all the hazards of the unknown, will leave you feeling strong and capable, instead of fearful and impotent. You can even capitalize on your faith the most within change! It is when you are most beset with the fear of something new, that you are able to muster your strongest response, overcoming, excelling pushing past to the next obstacle in your path. It’s inevitable, when we are the most under pressure, the most fearful and the worries want to stranglehold our dreams, that we are able to rise up like warriors, certain of our faith and able to wage war against anything which threatens our peace! Accept change as the benevolent teacher of great life lessons! That is truly what it is . . and as much as you might not like the sensations you experience with each change, mastering them with confidence can and will make you wear the medal of honor, having faced fear and won!
The trouble with me is that I can intend to not let my emotions get the best of me, but just when I am resolved to be determined to not let that happen, that is when they get to me the most! Our mountains, those challenges which we face, are there to strengthen us, but in that process, they can take us down. We might be stronger ultimately, but in the process of building our strength, of learning our lessons, in shaping our beings internally, we might just fall, flounder, and err. We might just decide to fail our tests, not purposefully wanting to fail, but just through fatigue, anguish, weakness of our spirit, or whatever may be the case, we might not pass our tests initially. Sometimes our challenges are hurdles which trip us up numerous times before we finally learn how to pass over them, get by them, or knock them down! Usually it’s because we have too much invested emotionally in our situations, and those emotional swings are like extreme amusement-park rollercoasters, which we ride as unwilling participants in some daunting life adventure!
Emotions are the great wasteland of our lives, if only we could learn to let them not wear us, to not impact us so completely! Learning to live without reacting to your every and constant emotion is the lesson of a mature spirit. I’m on my way, but the journey to emotional and spiritual maturity is a long, hard-fought trip through explosions of anger, hurt, futility, pain, pride, and all that makes you feel vulnerable! I aspire to such maturity one day! In the meantime, I will probably continue to express the same responses to the same emotions to the same situations. I don’t like repeating my lessons, it makes me feel incompetent, stupid, and truly immature, but it won’t happen until the day I learn to give my emotions absolutely no control over my life. I must learn to feel what I feel in a moment, but then to let it go instead of letting it ruin my day, letting it take my happiness, nor allowing it to fester unresolved inside my spirit. Emotions aren’t even always truthful! They can be manipulating, destructive and false!
Why then do we give them such power over our daily happiness? Learning to be mature spiritually means not living by our emotions, but rather by what we know to be true and real in every single moment. We don’t have to always give our feelings such merit and such high regard! Learn to not be ruled by your own emotions, live in the moments of reality, not your own emotionally-altered versions of reality! Spiritual maturity means learning to be content and at peace with your life no matter the situation, the condition, nor the emotional response evoked. It takes practice to be in such a state of being. I will keep on practicing . . for as long as it takes! I aspire to such maturity one day!
Dry spells, we all have them. Our creative energies fizzle, our ideas die on the vine, producing no fruit. We are at a loss for words, we cannot come up with thoughts worthy of expressing and we seem at some miserable place of low creative juices. Simply put, we haven’t a desire to share our spirit! It’s not feeling that sociable! I have been stuck in such a period for about six months now, unable and really unwilling to share a thought, an idea, longer or more productive than a sentence, for fear of exposing my situation. I was going through something emotionally draining, quite stressful and not all that inspiring! I didn’t feel like being motivational, nor inspirational, and I would have considered it disingenuous to have been considering myself at a thoughtful place when in fact I was not! Life is like that, we all go through it, and we are not always able to escape emotional impacts from storms we must weather.
A good thing to note, the storm will pass, whether on our time or not, it always will eventually leave us again, and then we are free to feel inspired by life, seeking a way to share a bounty of hopeful and purposeful thoughts from our once-again inspired spirits! During this time, I tried at high periods to write my thoughts down. I would begin what I thought was a decent discourse from my heart, only to realize somewhere before too long that I was in fact lost in the issues which were pressing upon my heart. We cannot fool our hearts, our souls, our spirits! They are the core of our beings, and reflect who we are most aptly and most often. We are able, like good performers, to wear disguises and hide our true natures, but when a problem presses down our souls with unimaginable weight, we cannot deceive ourselves of the burden!
I suggest letting the writing of your thoughts go, until you can be sure it is from a place of wholeness, wellness and happy contentedness! Then it means something! I am happy to be feeling somewhat expressive of late, although I still have to rally myself to be disciplined enough to write. Some people exude thoughts and write them down as though they are very prolific, but then again, maybe at this time, nothing is pressing down upon them either! Let your spirit have its space in life, don’t push yourself to be or to do what you cannot be or do! Be yourself by doing what you want to do!! Be real and be truthful, live defiantly as the best you you can be! When and if you hit a dry patch of creative ideas, give yourself permission to rest in that time until the ideas flow once again! And they shall, it’s inevitable! Go with the flow!